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Doc & Lena Selyanina - Noble, Sentimental & Ambient Waltzes [mt008]


Published March 21, 2006
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Friends of dark meditative ambient are in for another treat with this new co-creation from the Finnish ambient producer Doc and the Russian pianist Lena Selyanina. This album was inspired by Maurice Ravel's waltzes for the piano, and Lena's soulful and introspective piano takes quite naturally a prominent role on this material. As on their earlier releases (MT002 & MT004), the fundamental soundworld and atmosphere is that of deep, beatless, meditative ambient. From this calm and dark background emerge the cinematic soundscapes and Lena's stylish piano sections - at times touching and intimate, at times playful and theatrical, at times serious and immersed in darker reflections.

There's a certain cinematic and dramatic feel already in the music itself, and this sense of drama is accented by subtle lines, sighs and sounds originating from noble and ambient movies by Wim Wenders, Ingmar Bergman, Krzysztof Kieslowski and Andrei Tarkovsky.

NOTE: a special audiophile version (24 bit/44.1 kHz masters packed with FLAC, 664 MB download) of this album is available on BitTorrent.


1 - I used to talk to you all the time (even though I was alone)
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
2 - That fine line from your ear to your chin (is not so obvious anymore)
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
3 - And if I have no love (I will be nothing)
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
4 - As soon as I close my eyes (I can't recall what my face is like)
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
5 - On a cold Tuesday morning, April 1823
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
Date 2006-03-21
Source Musictrade
Run time 71:20

See also MusicBrainz (release group)[MusicBrainz (release group)]; MusicBrainz (release)[MusicBrainz (release)]; MusicBrainz (release)[MusicBrainz (release)]; Discogs (release)[Discogs (release)]


Reviews

Reviewer: metaperl - - May 1, 2006
Subject: listen to all tracks before judging
I was just about to write this off but my player kept playing and lo and behold: track 5 is pretty damned cool. Not far from a soundtrack for a sleepwalking horror movie at times. But not dark ambient either. A soundscape so to speak. Think a more concrete Harold Budd.
Reviewer: Thierry Massard - - March 24, 2006
Subject: cramoisi
convenu et théatral ... çà sent le fond de teint, l'auto satisfaction complaisante, et les gateaux secs mous ... et aussi la violette, çà sent aussi la violette cheap - bon courage !
Reviewer: LAJ - - March 21, 2006
Subject: Evocative Sounds - Noble, Sentimental, & Ambient
First of all - read the eloquent notes that accompany this release as they convey an accurate picture of what youÃÂll hear.

The title of this release ÃÂNoble, Sentimental & Ambient Waltzes àis the best précis of its sounds: Noble - gracious ; Sentimental - emotional ; and Ambient - encompassing. The layers of gracious piano playing, sentimental orchestral movements, floating voices - moans, and teasing contrasts of light and dark sounds encompass the listener. Each track is a mischievous blend of both melodious, happy moments and dissonant, dark episodes. The track titles themselves are evocative of the overall atmosphere of this release. Suggested listening - at a minimum give track #2 [ÃÂThat fine line from your ear to your chin (is not so obvious anymore)ÃÂ] a listen as truly captures the essence of what youÃÂll find here - youÃÂll then be hooked with no chance of escape.
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